Runner’s knee, otherwise known as anterior knee pain or patellofemoral pain syndrome, is the most common running injury, accounting for nearly 20 percent of all running injuries. Runner’s knee affects twice as many women as men.
Symptoms & Causes
Athletes suffering from runner’s knee tend to feel pain around the kneecap joint. It can strike any athlete who does activities that require a lot of knee bending, including walking, jumping, and biking. It typically starts as mild pain and is experienced only during running but gradually becomes more intense and may even occur during times of rest. In some cases, a popping sensation and swelling may accompany pain. The cause can often be attributed to poorly conditioned quadriceps and tight hamstrings.
Runner’s Knee Treatment
Our multi-disciplinary approach is designed to eliminate knee pain quickly and efficiently. We address our patients’ knee pain by utilizing FDA-approved treatments and technology to provide the highest level of care. At Total Health, we evaluate each athlete individually. If necessary, our doctors will order diagnostic testing (i.e. X-Ray, MRI, etc). Depending on your strengths and weaknesses, we will develop a program that suits your goals and lifestyle. We have physical therapists, chiropractors and acupuncturists who specialize in sports injuries. In addition to our sports staff, we offer non-surgical treatments, including Class IV Deep Tissue Laser and foot orthotics, to our patients in pain.
How to Prevent Runner’s Knee
To prevent runner’s knee, it’s very important to warm up and cool down properly when exercising. We also recommend strengthening, stretching, and wearing proper running shoes specifically fit to your stride. Steadily build up your training to develop your running and fitness without risking injury. Furthermore, simply listening to your body and slow down when you begin to feel pain.
If you are suffering from knee pain as a result of runner’s knee, don’t wait any longer for proper treatment. Contact our medical professionals today to regain your health and start living a pain free life.